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Why Give

The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County can help you donate money strategically that will:

  • Support the good work of local nonprofits.
  • Build an endowment that will continue to support their good work in perpetuity.
  • Sustain our leadership role in bringing together local nonprofits to address issues of concern in our community.

We can help you develop and fulfill your charitable giving goals.

Our Impact

By partnering with us you join others who have helped us grow our endowment to more than $34 million, support nonprofits in San Luis Obispo County with grants totaling more than $21 million, and award more than 650 scholarships worth more than $1.2 million to local deserving students.

Beyond the numbers, our donors help us to create positive change to benefit the people of our County today and in perpetuity.

Helen and Ronald Dunin endowed a fund that created a legacy of changing lives in SLO Countysee more

Legacy and Stability

Establishing a fund through us benefits our community today and could benefit our community forever a permanent endowment. If you choose to endow your gift, it is invested over time, and earnings from your fund are used to make grants addressing community needs. Grants continue to be made in the name of the fund you establish so that your charitable wishes are preserved, even if an organization receiving grants ceases to exist in the future.

Expert Help

Working through us to achieve your charitable goals provides you with access to the expertise of our experienced local staff, community leadership, and investment management.

Considering an endowment gift? We will calculate your gift's potential over time and discuss your preferences.

Ten Reasons to Give

Giving should warm your heart, not burden you with tax complications and ongoing administrative details. We are uniquely prepared to help while connecting you to the causes that matter to you:

  1. We are a local organization with deep roots in the community.
  2. Our professional staff has broad expertise regarding community issues and needs.
  3. We provide highly personalized service tailored to each individual's charitable and financial interests.
  4. Our funds help people invest in the causes they care about most.
  5. We accept a wide variety of assets, and can facilitate even the most complex forms of giving.
  6. We partner with local professional advisors to create highly effective approaches to charitable giving.
  7. For most gifts, we offer maximum tax advantage under federal law.
  8. We multiply the impact of gift dollars by pooling them with other gifts and grants.
  9. We build endowment funds that benefit the community forever and help create personal legacies.
  10. We are a community leader, convening agencies and coordinating resources to create positive change.

What Will Your Philanthropy Look Like?

For ideas, read stories about people in San Luis Obispo County helping people. Contact us to begin tailoring your personalized giving plan.

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